2005 - Justin Peloian - guitar, John Peloian - bass, Colin Popadiuk - drums
Recorded by Alan Gaffere at Hi Pro Studios in Torrance , ca
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at The Mastering Lab in Hollywood, ca
Additional graphic design by Oceano Ransford
All songs written mixed and produced by Justin Peloian
(except tracks 5,6, and 10 written by Justin and John)
5.17.04 - by: juliachrista
It's been a while since I've geeked this shamelessly over a band.
In the past two weeks, I think i've listened to this one song, Goodbye to Sentimentality, about 500 times. That's a low estimate. I had to get headphones at work so that i can carry on obsessing in the mad love-throws of my new musical crush without risking intervention from concerned friends. i keep jabbering about the band to anyone who will listen. Now I'm telling you.
I'm talking about Apeyga a band like no other, or rather, like a bunch of others, all melted together into a warm pool of hot buttered soul that the listener gets to swim through on a nostalgically familiar yet utterly novel sonic journey.
If I was to get all technical about it I'd call them a jazzmetal/punkfusion powertrio. However, I'd much rather get specific.
It's all instrumental - guitar, bass, and drums - with every player going at about 300% and producing a sound effect of 3X's as many people. The drummer, Colin Popadiuk, is amazing. Able to accent delicately or drive it relentlessly like a freakin' MACHINE, he plays the skins like a multi-armed Shiva, while the bassist, John Peloian, lays down some seriously funky stuff, and the guitarist, Justin Peloian (yes, they're brothers) goes from graceful, jazz-influenced runs (Am I Hip) to crunching, marching metal distortion (Distorted Redemption), leading the listener to musical realms you'd never think could co-exist so smoothly in the same damn song.
The realm of musical influence at work in the songs is immense, and the experience of hearing the different threads and genres that are woven throughout their soundscape is akin to floating in a river of sound and hearing the ripples and waves of musical history go by.
It's been a long time since I flipped like a goony teen over a band, so I'm really relishing the feelings of crushed-out aural ear humping that Apeyga delivers on their little 3 track gem of a demo. The album experience is, of course, wildly different from the LIVE experience. The LIVE experience is like being reamed by a firehose of sonic emission... and liking it.
Apeyga is an easy band to like. There's a real unpretentious vibe about their playing, when they're playing. It's obvious that they are there to let the music take center stage, not their egos and attitudes. It's a pretty amazing thing to see -- in the midst of a Strapping Young Lad inspired marching metal segment -- Justin Peloian's quiet demeanor, a smile on his face, John Peloian doing his funky little bass dance, and Colin (always in a tie, as a gesture of respect) a blur of lanky arms in the back.
I'd strongly suggest getting out to their next show (at the Gig May 23rd) to see/hear/feel what I'm talking about. At the last show they were handing out the demo for free. So check it out. It just might be your lucky day. - GETUNDERGROUND.COM
December 24th, 2005
Apeyga In life, just about anything worth finding or discovering is usually
found or discovered by accident or pure chance; the axioms about a
watched pot never boiling or a phone that is stared at never ringing are
true. In music as well, some of my best finds have been CDs I never
would've thought of buying, but have come across my transom and
found their way into my CD player. Apeyga is a perfect example. I didn't
think there was anything like this anymore. The brainchild of Justin and
John Peloian (with Colin Popadiuk rounding out this trio), Apeyga is an
instrumental, free-associating freak-out. Listening to it brought on
thoughts of Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, Steve Vai, Robert Fripp.
Apeyga presents with a complex fusion of jazz and rock that defies
convention, confounds expectations and finally, ends up sounding like
heaven. Listening to this CD just makes time stand still and suddenly
one is inside the music, floating. It is a great means of escape. Guitarist,
producer and songwriter Justin Peloian has been hiding out
somewhere, but now the intense, super-cool 'aggro-jazz' (to coin a
phrase) that he lays down has exposed him and I feel all the luckier for
it (www.apeyga.com) (www.kauzzmedia.com) KM.- REVIEWER MAGAZINE:
"Lo-fi instrumental trio Apeyga display heavy chops and an interesting melodic
philosophy, likely to come across as rocking, but weird. "
"Apeyga is a lo-fi trio with some heavy chops and an interesting melodic philosophy.
The band consists of Justin Peloian on guitar, John Peloian on bass, and Colin
Popadiuk on drums, and is distributed by their own label, Kauzz.
Apeyga isn't metal. There's some in there, though. And there's some dark jazz, and
some Primus, and some Kyuss, and some old Phish and Medeski, Martin, and Wood for that matter. It's an interesting hodgepodge of audio. There's great flow, and the sound revolves around a continuous theme of interesting and dissonant melodic portraits run through a variety of effects and moods. There aren't any vocals,
leaving the listener to go wherever he or she wants while taking it all in.
The players are accomplished, though the drummer's a little rough. I picture a young group, though I don't know how old they are. I hope they're young, because that means they'll have a nice long career in front of them. I hope so, because from what I've heard so far I will be looking to see if they come up again in the future.
This release is too weird for mainstream acceptance, though it serves as a welcome respite for me from all of the dreck available from every channel today. I grew up seeking solace in old Primus, Sonic Youth, and 70s rock. Lo-fi dissonance reflected the feel of my teenage years. This is somewhat of an embodiment of all three, which I find soothing. To normal people, of course, it will likely come across more as weird. If you're fond of interesting instrumental music that explores various soundscapes, give Apeyga a shot. I suspect
they'd be fun live if you appreciate a good jam band, though I'm happier with a recording. "
www.apeyga.com Cdreviewer.com Written by Daniel Henderson